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Friday, 17 July 2015

Luxembourg plans to strengthen EU's geopolitical presence

Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s  foreign affairs minister is one of the EU’s longest serving politicians. As Luxembourg takes the Presidency of the EU, he is well prepared (having already been in office at the point of Luxembourg’s last presidency) to drive forward the strategic objectives. Asselborn explains,  “The Luxembourg presidency's overarching foreign policy priority will be to further strengthen the European Union's presence on the global stage. In order to achieve this, we will first of all be committed to deepening existing relations with the EU's external partners (…) ; [an] ambitious agenda and pursuing ongoing negotiations on a bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral level. (…) In terms of multilateral negotiations, the main objectives of the Luxembourg presidency are to prepare the 10th ministerial meeting of the world trade organisation and to conclude the plurilateral environment goods agreement (…) [It will] provide an opportunity to enhance the credibility of the international rules-based trade system and to pave the way for the conclusion of the Doha cycle, as well as the preparation of the post-Doha era, particularly taking into account the aspirations of developing countries and welcoming a greater contribution from emerging countries."

Source: theparliamentmagazine.eu